In this Aspiring Conversations session at the 2019 Southern Lakes Festival of Colour, Major General Dave Gawn will speak about the day-to-day realities of peace-keeping in one of the most complex and enduring areas of conflict. He served two years as Head of Mission to the UN Truce Supervision Organization; since 1948, the organisation has worked between Egypt, Israel, Jordan, Lebanon and Syria. Anna Gawn was able to accompany her husband to cities where few outsiders go; her photographs show how ordinary people try to just keep on living as usual.
Thomas Nash is one of the founders of New Zealand Alternative – an organisation that is keen for the country to develop an independent foreign policy, including building up a role in peace mediation. Previously, Thomas was a leading strategist within the 2017 Nobel Peace Prize-winning International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons. He led the global campaign to ban cluster bombs, resulting in an international treaty in 2008, and in 2011 co-founded London-based disarmament organisation Article 36. Thomas is Adjunct Lecturer in Politics and Social Entrepreneur in Residence at Massey University, and a contributor to upcoming BWB Text Beyond These Shores: Aotearoa and the World.
Saturday 6 April, 1 pm
Pacific Crystal Palace
71 Ardmore Street, Wanaka
For tickets, please visit the Festival of Colour website.
Please note: This is a 2019 Southern Lakes Festival of Colour event and is not managed by BWB.